Ireland wrapped up their World Short Course Swimming Championships in China by setting yet another record, as the men's 4x100m medley relay team trimmed 18 seconds off the previous best time set back in 1991.
The quartet of Conor Ferguson [backstroke], Darragh Greene [breaststroke], Brendan Hyland [butterfly] and Shane Ryan [freestyle] had all set individual records in their respective strokes across the week as well as a new record in the 4x50m version of the medley relay.
This morning’s swim [3:27.23] obliterated the old Irish record of 3:45.66, but their tenth placed finish overall wasn't enough to earn them a spot in the final.
"I feel we all swam incredibly well and were unlucky not to make it back, as we’d have been going in fourth into the final if it was Windsor [Canada, where the 2016 World SC Championships took place]," said Ferguson.
"Hearing we broke the record after all of us swimming so well is another bonus."
Also, in action this morning, Niamh Coyne swam a three-second personal best in the heats of the 200m breaststroke. Her seventh-placed heat finish wasn't enough to earn her a spot in the final.
The World Youth Olympic silver medallist was swimming in her first senior international meet this week and clocked PBs in all three of her swims.
The team in China this week have had three top-10 performances with two semi-finals, a final and a medal for Shane Ryan in the 50m backstroke, Ireland’s first ever at a World Championships.